ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - St. Louis employment in May was up over the year, according to data released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Unemployment in the St. Louis metropolitan area stood at 7.0 percent in May 2013, down 0.3 percent from last year, the Labor Department said. The national rate was 7.3 percent, down 0.6 from the previous year. None of these values are seasonally adjusted.
Total nonfarm employment in St. Louis (not seasonally adjusted) stood at 1,319,800 in May 2013, up 9,400 over the year. Nationally, nonfarm employment rose 1.6 percent from a year ago.
The St. Louis trade, transportation, and utilities industry saw the largest increase in jobs over the past year, reported the Labor Department. The supersector added 7,100 new workers, for a total increase of 2.9 percent.
Other supersectors that experienced job gains from their May 2012 levels included leisure and hospitality (1,400), educational and health services (4,100), and financial activities (2,100).
In contrast, the Labor Department reported a decrease in government employment (4,000) and manufacturing (800) from May 2012.
For further data, see the attached tables from the Bureau of Labor Statistics for the U.S., state, metropolitan area, and counties (where available).